Tuesday 21 October 2014

Beauty File: You have to hand it to these soothing creams...

Published 16/11/2013 | 01:00

I blithely ignore the tubes and bottles of hand cream cluttering up my life – most of the time – and then hope against hope that a half-hearted slathering of lotion will keep my hands looking good. But the recent spell of cold weather has left me with reddened, chapped skin that's demanding some TLC. Thankfully, these creams will definitely help.

Eau Thermale Avene Cold Cream for Hands, €9.66

My hands really hate the cold, turning white and then red at the slightest dip in temperature. Sometimes I fancy I can actually see them ageing. But a slick of this soothing cream definitely revived them. Afterwards, they felt soft and hydrated, and definitely looked a lot better too. Available in a convenient handbag size.

Vichy Essentielles Repairing Hand Cream, €4.90

If you don't take care of them, your hands can age you a lot faster than your face. Knock a few years off by regularly applying some of this nourishing formulation. It boasts a seriously impressive ingredient list including soothing rose gallica, hydrating glycerin and, of course, Vichy Thermal Spa Water.

L'Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream, €22.95

It feels oh-so-luxurious and this rich, thick cream is particularly good for those with very dry skin. It sinks into hands nice and quickly, leaving them well moisturised and, thankfully, not at all greasy. Expensive but certainly a good pay-day treat.

Phyts Hand Cream, €26.50 (see www.phytsireland.ie for stockist details)

This is an intensely effective cream composed of lemon (an anti-pigmentation treatment), strengthening vitamin E (it's particularly good for nails) and nourishing hazelnut oil. Recommended.

Celeb Style

Mollie King of The Saturdays loves Maybelline's Color Sensational Vivids Lipstick in Fuchsia Flash (€10.19), saying that this great colour can transform a look instantly.

Mollie King of The Saturdays loves Maybelline's Color Sensational Vivids Lipstick in Fuchsia Flash (€10.19), saying that this great colour can transform a look instantly.

This week...

I'm indulging myself with Benefit's new Bathina Silk & Seductive Body Oil Mist (€38). This dry oil is chock-full of nourishing almond and avocado and boasts just the right amount of sexy shimmer. I'm also looking after my pout with a slick or two of Burt's Bees' new (and very soothing) Blueberry and Dark Chocolate lip balm. Finally, I'm keeping my locks silky smooth with Mane 'n Tail's Detangler (€7.49), a gentle leave-in conditioning treatment.

If you only do one thing, take a moment to absorb the news that brown is the new black, at least when it comes to eyeliner. Mac's Pro Longwear Eye Liner in Rich Experience is a serious, long-lasting colour that likes to party, while Clinique's Cream Shaper for Eyes in Chocolate Lustre (€17) is a warm flattering shade that goes on smoothly, lasts all day and has just the right amount of shimmer.

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